Devil’s Eyebrow and Trimble Mountain

HARD 6 reviews

Devil’s Eyebrow and Trimble Mountain is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gateway, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Devil's Eyebrow natural area is a network of logging roads that have been converted to hiking trails. Features include a spring which runs year-round, the option to hike to the top of Trimble Mountain, and access to an arm of Beaver Lake. More information on the area is available from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission . There is a story behind the name Devil's Eyebrow: In 1880, when surveyors were working on the location of the Frisco Railroad, local Benton County resident Archibald Blansett said, “Build a railroad right through these mountains? You can’t do it, man; you can’t do it. You might as well try to build a railroad on the Devil’s eyebrow as to undertake to build one in such a place.” The railroad men thought his description of the area was perfect. The name stuck and is even referenced in Frisco literature today.

hiking
7 days ago

Do not let the fact that the trail is made up of a series of Old Logging roads fool you. the trails are up and down very steep rugged hills. There is a reason this trail is rated as difficult because it is. also be aware that there are wild hogs in this area so be on the lookout and use caution, as wild hogs can be dangerous even when unprovoked. all this being said, it was a pretty decent trail and it was definitely a good cardio workout. Lastly, be sure to bring water.

hiking
5 months ago

There are some key words in the description "a NETWORK of LOGGING ROADS." This is a very strenuous hike. You may have driven some of Arkansas's old logging roads and wondered how a truck loaded with lumber ever navigated them. If the "trail" were any steeper in places, you'd need climbing gear! And there are lots of logging roads back here - you might call it a network - while the trail is well-marked, you will want to pay attention to where you are going.
That said, this is a very pleasant hike through a lovely area. On our first visit, in late fall of 2017, we hiked down to the spring, which was neat, and saw lots of wildflowers and butterflies along the way. Today we took the trail to the top of Trimble Mountain. The views are not great, but what you can see of Beaver Lake is pretty impressive. A warning: this looks like it gets really overgrown in the summer, to the point where the trail is obscured and/or unpleasant.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017